Delight's Top 10 Movies to Watch While Staying Home
by Delight Yoga
The current challenges the world is facing are difficult for us all - but the measures asking us to stay home also offer a beautiful opportunity to expand our minds and learn about the world. Delight Yoga asked its community which movies, documentaries, and short films have inspired them along their yogic journeys. Find the top ten recommendations in this list:
"A non-narrative documentary filmed over nearly five years and twenty five countries on five continents. Travel through the whole world from your living room.A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending."
2. The Doctor from India
"Directed by Jeremy Frindel (One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das), The Doctor from India is the fascinating story of one man’s mission to bring the ancient healthcare system of wellness called Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. In this meditative, immersive portrait, with interviewees including Ayurvedic practitioner Deepak Chopra, Frindel documents the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad who, fulfilling his destiny as foretold by his family guru became a holistic health pioneer, helping to bring Ayurveda, which was almost unknown when he first arrived in the west, to become one of the most prominent alternative health systems in the world today."
3. Ram Dass, Going Home
"A poetic meditation on life, death, and the soul’s journey home. Since suffering a life-changing stroke twenty years ago, beloved spiritual teacher Ram Dass has been living at his home on Maui and deepening his spiritual practice — which is centered on love and his idea of merging with his surroundings and all living things."
"A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one's perceptions, the human body can heal itself. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all."
"A journey of soul searching, science, nature and creativity. ’Innsaei: The Power of Intuition’ takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction and stress. The world is changing faster than ever before and new ways of thinking are required. 65% of children will be doing jobs in the future that have not been invented. Statistics show that depression will likely be the highest leading cause of disease in the western world by 2020. Burn out, distraction and violence has become an integral part of our culture, media and entertainment and we are becoming seriously disconnected from the natural world. How is this affecting the way we live our lives?"
6. The Secret of Water
"Water – a living substance, the most common and least understood. It defies the basic laws of physics, yet holds the keys to life. Known to ancients as a transmitter to and from the higher realms, water retains memory and conveys information to DNA. However, water can die if treated poorly. Our use and misuse of this precious resource has altered the vital information it carries in unexpected ways. Influences such as sound, thoughts, intention and prayer, as well as toxins such as chlorine, structure water’s molecular arrangement – affecting all it comes in contact with. Prominent scientists help reveal the secret of water, allowing us to use this amazing element to heal ourselves and our planet."
7. AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA
"AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization."
"What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness."
9. The Power of the Heart
"From the director of 'The Secret' comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, ‘The Power of the Heart’ – which ties into a book of the same name – is an experience that will lead you to uncover... and rediscover... the treasure in your chest."
10. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
"How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less."
We hope the movies on this list help you take advantage of the space that has opened up in our daily lives.
This content is written or curated by someone from within the Delight Yoga community.